Soda Can Gift Tags Tutorial

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February is usually considered to be the month of love, but based on the ample wedding materials I have been receiving in the mail, it seems more couples get married between April and June. Along with the union, of course, comes subsequent anniversary celebrations. If yours is coming up, this DIY gift tag tutorial is for you. 

I love soda can DIY gift tags because they are sturdy and interesting (because of the punched holes), plus they boast a gorgeous brushed silver sheen. They also happen to be über easy to make.

To start, pull out a can or two of your favorite soda or sparkling water. I didn’t wash mine out, and they weren’t sticky on the inside.

Use regular craft scissors to cut the top and bottom off of your soda can. You can punch a hole in the can with a thumbtack to create something for the scissors to wedge into initially.

You should end up with something that looks like this:

first cut can tag

Trace around a business card or other similarly shaped piece of hardy paper. You should trace on the printed side of the can (the side that won’t show in your final product).

trace can tag

Next, trace a slightly smaller rectangle. Put the small rectangle on the other side of the large rectangle and fold in the edges of the large rectangle to secure the small rectangle. This is easier done if you snip the corners off (which I have not done here).

fold edges can tag

You will end up with this:

folded can tag

Now, whip out your thumbtack and start punching a design into the aluminum. As a fair warning, this process is not for the “faint of thumb”.

pinning can tag

Once you are finished, use a regular hole puncher to put a hole anywhere you’d like in the tag. Tie in on your gift for your recipient, and you are done! It can be your secret that you made the tag from a soda can! As a bonus, this DIY gift tag can be hung in a window or on a Christmas tree for years to come. It’s a pretty and cost-effective way to recycle.

Can tag sone

 Note: As an alternative, you could make a similar but more malleable project out of aluminum foil. Be warned that an aluminum foil tag would easily fold or crinkle, though, while this tag is virtually indestructible.